LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- A Louisville Metro Police detective has been charged with official misconduct after police say he propositioned several women for sex, in exchange for a promise to help them with their legal woes.

According to a criminal summons, the incidents in question took place between March 20, 2013 and Jan. 2, 2014.

Police say Det. Carl Payne contacted three women he had brought charges against, propositioning them for sex and encouraging sexually explicit text messages and images.

Police say Payne arrested the first victim on March 27, 2013. He later began calling her and sending her sexually explicit text messages, which included images of his genitalia, according to the criminal summons. Police say he then asked her to do the same, and invited her to meet him at his office, promising that "if she helped him out, he could help her out," according to police.

Police say Payne arrested the second victim on Dec. 11, 2013. During the arrest, police say Payne began typing messages on his phone and showing them to the female victim while she was in the back seat of his police car, and her boyfriend was in the front seat. One of the alleged messages told the woman that she was attractive and asked why she was with her boyfriend. Another alleged message asked for her phone number. When they arrived at Metro Corrections, Payne allegedly slipped his phone number into the woman's purse with a note asking her to call him and he would get her charges dismissed. Police say she did call him after she got out of jail, and he began sending her sexually explicit text messages. Payne later appeared in court, according to the criminal summons, and had the woman's case continued until Dec. 15, 2013. At that point, police say, the woman reported Payne's behavior to her attorney.

On April 25, 2013, police say Payne met his third victim, when he arrested both her and her boyfriend. From Dec. 18, 2013 to Jan. 2, 2014, police say Payne sent the woman explicit text messages and images of his genitalia, attempting to get her to meet him in exchange with his helping her and her boyfriend with their court cases. He allegedly offered to dismiss the woman's drug and gun case.

Police say Payne's contact with the three women "violates LMPD standard operating procedures and constitutes an unauthorized exercise of official functions."

On April 14, the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office official served Payne's attorney with a criminal summons, charging Payne with three counts of first degree official misconduct -- a misdemeanor.

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